Marjorie Clifton Principal, Clifton Consulting LLC;

Marjorie Clifton is principal of Clifton Consulting LLC and Founder of Spike the Watercooler. As a consultant, Marjorie has over 16 years of communications, media, and public affairs experience. Her work has spanned both the public and private sector, advising organizations on their strategic planning, communications, fundraising, and outreach strategies.

Her individual clients include C-level executives of Fortune 100 companies, Members of Congress, presidential campaigns, faith leaders, and advocates. Her institutional clients range from governmental organizations (U.S. Department of State, the Federal Reserve, and the U.S. Department of Energy) to large corporations (Coca Cola, Booz Allen Hamilton, Verizon, Boeing, General Motors, Pfizer, and Ebay) to non-for-profit organizations (the American Red Cross, American Medical Association, Teach for America, and the Nature Conservancy).

Marjorie is also a published author, speaker, and media commentator. Her passion is expanding women’s leadership and inspiring political participation. As part of this work, she builds and leads global training programs in media, communications, leadership, advocacy, political activism, and organizing. Her projects have spanned five continents and nearly all fifty states.

Marjorie is co-founder of Community in Her Corner, a non-profit focused on professional development and local community building for female entrepreneurs. She is also an executive board member of Running Start and co-founder of their Next Step program, which trains young women in career development and politics. She is also a board member of American University’s Women in Politics Institute.

Marjorie received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from the University of Texas, where she is currently a fellow for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation. She earned her Master's degree in acting from Drama Studio in London. Marjorie currently lives in Washington, DC.